Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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Two players who had committed to the Gophers have changed their mind and decided to go elsewhere, according to Gopherillustrated.com. They are: Running back Josh Huff of Aldine, Texas and defensive back Antoine Lewis from Maywood, Ill..
By far the most important of the two is Huff, who has been rated four stars by Rivals.com. Huff originally committed to Utah, then changed his mind and declared for Minnesota. HIs latest decision, he told Gopherillustrated, was due to a couple reasons. He'd be closer to home. And, he said, coach Tim Brewster's contract situation -- Brewster is entering the fourth season of his original five-year contract -- played a part.
Lewis was a three-star recruit.
You'll remember that highly-regarded kicker Kip Smith changed his mind a while back and decided on UCLA.
You have to wonder to what extent the contract situation -- athletic director Joel Maturi has said he doesn't plan on deciding on whether or not to extend Brewster's contract until after the Bowl game -- will impact recruiting during the crucial month of December.
That's about it. Have a good night.
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